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DOLE to conduct hearings on possible wage hike

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWBP) IX is set to conduct a public hearing on possible wage increase for workers on September 27 and October 3, 2011 in two separate places.

RTWBP IX Board Secretary, Joel Ijirani said the public hearing on the possible wage increase will be conducted in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay on September 27, and another consultation in Zamboanga City on October 3.

He said that it is the initiative of the wage board to review the last wage order.

During the public hearing, a briefing will be given to the participants by government agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, National Economic Development Authority IX (NEDA) and Department of Trade and Industry IX (DTI) regarding the economic situation of the city, prices of commodities, poverty threshold and other indicators which might help to determine if a wage increase is needed.

Aside from the City’s economic indicators, it will also be tackled if cost of living allowance will be added or just a wage adjustment. The participants may also raise their respective issues regarding wages during the public hearing. 

The labor group, employer group, academe, and business sector are also expected to be invited during the public hearing.

However, Ijirani said there is no petition yet coming from the labor sector for a wage increase. Ijirani also said, “of the 17 regional wage board, iilan na lang ang di nag issue ng wage order.”

The Regional Wage Board is composed of two employers representative Edgar Lim and Roberto Valerio, two from the workers representative Jose Suan and Rey Anthony Trio, the Vice Chairman, and National Economic Development Authority IX (NEDA) Regional Director Arturo Valerio, Vice Chairman and Department of Trade and Industry IX (DTI) Regional Director, Nazrullah Manzur and DOLE Regional Director and Wage Board Chairman, Ponciano Ligutom.

Before wages in the Region can be increased, The NEDA, DOLE, DTI and other agencies will first have to check if there is a need to increase the wages of the workers.

The group will have to conduct consultations with the different sectors. They will check the economic condition, consumers price index, inflation rate and purchasing power in this region.

The group will also take into consideration not only the workers but also the employers. The new wage order will also have to be published in the local newspapers of general circulation before it can take effect.

As per the last wage order, workers in the private sector shall be paid a minimum of P255 per day which took effect last September 9, 2010.

By R.G. A A. Go



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